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Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in Vermont?

Individuals must be licensed to perform any type of plumbing work without a licensed supervisor.

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Vermont?

  • Journeyman
  • Master

How do I become a journeyman plumber in Vermont?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • Include Certificate of Completion provided by the Vermont State Apprenticeship Council,
    • A certified statement of licensure or completed apprenticeship from another state acceptable to the board,
    • OR Document showing successful completion of the instruction, training an experience in or out of the state acceptable to the board (to include at least 12,000 hours).
      All hours must be documented by affidavits from a licensed Master Plumber.
  2. Complete a Journeyman License Application
  3. Pay the $90 Application Fee
  4. Pass the Journeyman Plumber Exam - Study before you test!

What are the examination fees for the journeyman plumbers’ license in Vermont?

$65 for pencil and paper exam, $100 for computer exam.

What fees are associated with a journeyman plumbing license in Vermont?

For a Journeyman, $90

What can I expect with the Vermont journeyman plumbing exam?

Each candidate will be given a packet containing an examination booklet, plans (if appropriate), an answer sheet, and a sheet for calculations. You will not need additional scratch paper. All of this material must be enclosed in the return envelope along with the original envelope and confirmed by the proctor. Any comments pertinent to the examination or site should be recorded by you on a comment sheet available from the proctor and mailed to the Code Council. Under no circumstances are examination materials to be taken from the room.

Number of Questions: 75 Multiple Choice
Time Allotted: 3 Hours

  • 5% - Plumbing Fixtures & Terminology
  • 13% - Plumbing Fundamentals
  • 5% - Traps, Cleanouts, and Interceptors
  • 4% - Special Requirements
  • 15% - Drainage Requirements
  • 15% - Vent Requirements
  • 11% - Water Distribution
  • 25% - Plan Reading
  • 7% - Administration

What does your Vermont journeyman plumbing exam prep cover?

  • 2015 State of Vermont Plumbing Rules

International Plumbing Code

  • Administration, Scope and Intent/Purpose
  • Definitions and Symbols
  • Plumbing Math
  • General Regulations
  • Fixtures, Faucets, and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect and Special Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps, Interceptors, and Separators
  • Storm Drainage
  • Nonpotable Water Systems
  • Subsurface Landscape Irrigation Systems
  • Appendix E
  • Isometrics
  • Private Sewage Systems
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • Hands-On Practical Application
  • Practice Test

Bonus Materials

  • Reading and Understanding the Bulletin
  • Books That You Should Have During the Exam
  • Effective Study Techniques

What should I bring to the Vermont journeyman plumber exam?

Examinees may bring the following items to the examination:

  • Three No. 2 pencils (sharpened) [PAPER-AND-PENCIL TESTING ONLY]
  • Reference(s) as listed in this Examination Information Bulletin for the applicable exam—no other reference material will be allowed into the testing center:
    • Bound (original bound book, three-ring binder, or stapled)
    • Notes written in ink or highlighted in code sections
    • Permanently attached tabs (tabs that can’t be removed without destroying the page)
    • Pencil notes in your references that are highlighted prior to arrival at the test center
    • Photocopies of copyrighted materials are not allowed
  • Magnifying glass
  • Eyeglasses, if necessary
  • Architects’ scale or rule
  • Watch without alarm/camera [PAPER-AND-PENCIL TESTING ONLY]
  • Battery-operated calculator:
    • Nonprogrammable
    • Not capable of storing examination information
    • No ribbon or paper printing capabilities
  • Foreign language/English translation dictionaries, if needed.


  • 2015 International Plumbing Code IPC
  • 2015 State of Vermont Plumbing Rules

Where can I take the Vermont journeyman plumbers license exam?

If the application is approved by the Plumbing Board, the applicant will be added to the ICC (International Code Council) database and the applicant becomes eligible within one week to take the examination. A packet with all necessary information will be mailed at that time

How do I know if I passed the Vermont journeyman plumber exam?

If you take a computer-based exam, you will know your results immediately. If you take a paper and pencil exam, results are mailed within three to four weeks of the exam date. Pass results will be posted to the Code Council website in approximately the same time frame.

Are there accommodations for individuals with special needs during the Vermont journeyman plumbing licensing exam?

If you have a disability that prohibits you from taking the examination under standard conditions, you may request special arrangements. Your request must accompany your registration form. In addition to the letter of request, a special accommodations form must be submitted. This form may be obtained by contacting the Candidate Services Coordinator at or 1-888-422-7233 ext 5552. Please contact the department for instructions concerning the required information before you submit your application. Completed accommodations forms must be submitted and approved by the examination department a minimum of three months prior to the requested examination administration date.

Can I be waived from the Vermont journeyman plumbing examination?

You can be waived from the plumbing examination if you hold a license in another state or municipality that offers a reciprocal license and exemption for licensees in Vermont. You must still pay the required fee.

How often do I have to renew my journeyman plumbing license in Vermont?

You must renew your license every two years. If your license has lapsed, it may be renewed within 90 days of its expiration date along with a $15 reinstatement fee in addition to the renewal fee.

If your license has lapsed past 90 days, you must apply for reinstatement and appear before the board. Applicants for license renewal must provide the board with evidence of completion of 8 hours of continuing education or training that is board-approved, completed within the previous 2 years and two of which must be code review. A copy of a certificate is acceptable evidence of this.

Is continuing education required to renew my Vermont journeyman plumbing license?

Yes, you must complete 8-hours of continuing education each cycle including 2-hours of code review.

If I am licensed in another State, do I still have to get a Vermont journeyman plumbing license?


Who do I contact regarding a journeyman plumbing license in Vermont?

The Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety

Michael Desrochers, Executive Director
Joseph Benard, Deputy Director

1311 US Route 302 – Suite 600
Barre, VT 05641
Phone:  802-479-7561
Toll-Free:  800- 640-2106

Useful Link

Vermont Plumber Candidate Bulletin

  • Information Last Updated: 02/2020
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